Mexican media and drug cartels: are US links valid?
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Mexican media and drug cartels: are US links valid?

U.S. government sanctioned two Mexican media outlets this Wednesday for alleged links to drug trafficking cartels.

The publications Unomásuno and Diario Amanecer, are both owned by the Mexican businessman Naim Libien Tella.

“Due to its relations with Naim Libien Tella, the drug trafficking organization Los Cuinis has used the Mexican newspaper Unomásuno to promote its drug trafficking activities,” John E. Smith, director othe U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) commented

Tella has been accused of establishing business links with Cuinis’ leader Abigael González.

The Los Cuinis cartel have alleged links to the notorious Jalisco-New Generation Cartel (Jalisco-Nueva Generación) one of Mexico’s largest and deadliest groups to date.

A dirty history

Upon its founding in 1977, Unomásuno was soon after removed from Mexico’s most important publishing house Excélsior. Taken on by left-facing publishers La Jornada during the 1980s, Unomásuno has become famed for its support of current and past presidents, including Enrique Peña Nieto.

The links could not have come at a worse time for Nieto, whose failing popularity ratings – due to his inaction related to the 43 missing students from a rural agricultural college in Ayotzinapa – and inaction in relation to the country’s increasing cartel culture has seen many Mexicans lose faith in their president.

Furthermore, the New Generation are a force to be reckoned with, having grown at a worrying rate and even displaced the once top Los Zetas Cartel from Jalisco state.

The New Generation have not escaped the headlines in recent weeks, following a crime wave hitting the city of Guadalajara – Mexico’s second biggest city, forcing the mayor to reveal a new crime stopping investment plan.

What next?

“The editorial for these two publications (Unomásuno and Diario Amanecer) has been severely criticized for alleged drug trafficking and ties, for years we have continued to bring the cartels to light who continue to threaten Mexican and U.S. citizens.” Tella responded.

As Mexico’s press continues to be plagued by dirty political ties, scandals and cartel links, if the OFAC claims are indeed concrete then Tella will certainly have some explaining to do.

Mixing politics and cartels through the written press is sure to make for a heady cocktail of corruption and even more killings.

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Mexico cartels stealing billions from state oil industry